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article imageNew UN chief sets Darfur priority

By bobSP     Jan 2, 2007 in World
New UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has begun work with a pledge to pay the highest attention to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.
Ban Ki-moon said that his first trip will be to the African Union summit in Ethiopia which is to take place this month. There he hopes to meet the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir.
He plans to make Darfur his top priority. More than 300,000 people have died in Darfur in the past three years alone.
The UN is working on a three-part plan which will strengthen the 7,000-strong African Union force that is present in Darfur with UN troops.
Sudan's President Bashir has so far opposed any large UN deployment to the region although he has stated that he wants to support the UN's plans.
Ban Ki-moon said that the large media presence that was had upon his arrival to the UN was "vivid proof that the United Nations is much alive and [in the] front line addressing all the challenges and issues".
He added: "It is a force to be reckoned with among governments and people everywhere."
It's about time that Darfur be truly addressed for the genocide that is going on in that region.. too long the world has set back and let these atrocities continue. Maybe with Ban Ki-Moon as Secretary General some things will change. I'd like to see some actions, not just words from the UN.
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